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  • Bedford County man recalls role of Mighty Midgets

    Pete Jensen, a Bedford County man, made a pilgrimage recently to Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., for a ceremony honoring the last of the Mighty Midgets.

    Mighty Midget was the name given to a class of Navy vessels developed late in World War II. They were the craft that everybody wished they’d had at D-Day. Based on the LCS hull, a type of large landing craft, these vessels could accompany landing craft right to the shore during an amphibious assault.

  • Supervisors consider cell tower requests

    Two cell tower applications met different reactions when they came before the board of supervisors, Monday night.

  • Parents choose to keep students at Bedford Primary, Elementary

    Though they had the opportunity to send their children to another school, parents of students at Bedford Elementary and Bedford Primary schools are happy to have their students stay just where they are.

    "I think what we heard is that people in Bedford just really trust the principals and staff at those two schools," said Karen Woodford, literacy development specialist with Bedford County Public Schools. "They just really love their schools."

  • Project's goal is to reduce teen accidents

    Before long, some teen drivers in Bedford County will be told about any bad driving habits by a monitor in their vehicle. The goal: Stop a problem before an accident occurs.

    Newly licensed teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than their adult counterparts, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. With that fact in mind, VTTI is partnering with the Bedford County and Montgomery County school systems in the Virginia Teen Driver Coach Safety Project.

  • Friends remember an outdoorsman

    It's been said that you can tell how well a man has lived his life by the number of people who attend his funeral.

    Gene Parker, who died of cancer at his home on Parker Road, must have lived very well, considering the fact that as many as 900 people passed through Tharp Funeral Home last week during visitation hours.

  • Fit for life: Funding gives program running start

    The target for fitness is 225 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

    YMCA executive director Mary Jo Boone noted, Friday, that although that's the goal, the national trend among youth is downward for physical activity and upward for obesity. The Carol M. White Physical Education Grant, a federal grant funded by Congress, is intended to combat that.

  • Abuduction case charges sent to grand jury

    A Bedford County woman testified Monday in General District Court that the man who allegedly abducted and raped her the day after Christmas last year said he was mad at his former girlfriend and had to take it out on somebody, adding she was an easy target.

    Following the preliminary hearing, Judge James Farmer certified charges of rape, abduction, malicious wounding and sodomy (two counts) against George Leroy Keaton Jr., 30, of Bedford County to the next meeting of the Bedford County grand jury.

  • Man drowns at SML

    A Moneta man drowned early Monday morning after the fishing boat he was on took on water.

    Barry K. Phillipe, 37, drowned trying to swim to shore in the Gills Creek section of Smith Mountain Lake about 2 a.m. Aug. 18, according to Lt. Tony Fisher of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

  • Having a blast at cop camp

    Pigs don't fly, but pigs' feet do, with the assistance of a blasting cap.

    A new feature of this year's Cop Camp were some demonstrations by the Virginia State Police's bomb unit. Garland Snead, who formerly worked as a trooper assigned to Bedford County but now with the bomb unit, ran their robot through its paces, and also blew some stuff up.

  • Program provides area youth a Safe Haven

    Safe Haven has a message for Bedford area residents: The program works, it’s open to all area youth and it’s worthy of the community’s support.

    “Over the years we have really made an impact on the children’s lives,” stated Camille Steepleton, youth services coordinator with the Historic Chapter of the American Red Cross.